A genuine player ring from the fabled "We Are Family" Pirates!1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Championship Ring Presented to Matt Alexander. Pirates manager Chuck Tanner dubbed him "Matt the Scat" for the blazing foot speed that saw most of Alexander's forty-four appearances during the 1979 World Championship season executed in the role of pinch runner. With three more runs scored than plate appearances, Alexander was a common sight late in close ballgames, an unsung hero of the last Pirates World Championship team to date.
Here we present the ring he earned as a member of that famous Pirates edition, a rare and important Championship award consigned to auction by Alexander personally with his signed letter of provenance. Genuine diamonds give sparkle to the logo letter "P" set into a black stone on the ring's face, encircled by raised text announcing "Pirates World Champions." Left shank identifies the original owner in the form of "Alexander 36," that name and jersey number framing a Pirates mascot and that "Sister Sledge" disco song title, "We Are Family." Right shank holds a Three Rivers Stadium in miniature with a boldly crafted "1979." Interior band is stamped "Jostens 10K," and measures to a size nine and a half (9.5).
While any World Series ring is highly collectible, there are certain Championship teams whose enduring fame elevates the appeal above the rest of the pack. We see it in the 1927 Yankees, the 1969 Mets and these 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, who rallied from a three games to one deficit to take the Series in seven, the last two victories at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. With the Steelers having claimed victory in Super Bowl XIII earlier in the year, it's an era of glory in Steeltown that will never be forgotten. NRMT condition. Letter of provenance from Matt Alexander.
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